Chicco has become a well-known and highly trusted name in the world of infant car seats. This Italian brand has 60 years of worldwide expertise in all things baby-related.
Chicco’s infant car seats are engineered for comfort, safety, and peace of mind. They have many different models and styles, each with its own unique features. All Chicco car seats incorporate world-class innovation and user-friendly touchpoints, making them reassuringly easy to install and to secure your little one so that it is that much safer to transport your precious child in a car.
The Chicco Keyfit 30 and the Fit2 are two of the car seats available in their extensive range. When it comes to choosing a car seat, safety is paramount and should be the most important factor in your deliberations.
Both the Keyfit 30 and the Fit2 are safe car seats that have withstood many crash-test examinations. They may initially appear to be very similar, but there are certain basic differences between the two.
The Keyfit 30 is designed for smaller children than the Fit2, is quite a bit lighter, and is more affordable than the Fit2. Both seats can be used for infants right from the earliest stage.
Breaking It Down
When you are choosing a car seat for your baby, there are numerous things to consider. The most important of these is how safe the seat is. When it comes to your child’s safety in a car, there is no room for compromise.
Comfort is almost as important as safety. If your baby is uncomfortable in his seat, he will fuss and resist every time you try to strap him in. He may cry throughout the journey, which is extremely stressful for the parents.
Other aspects that are worth considering are price, simplicity of installation, the weight of the seat, and up to what age and size the seat will be suitable for your child.
Both the Chicco KeyFit 30 and the Fit2 are worth looking at when choosing a car seat for your baby.
Chicco Keyfit 30
The KeyFit 30 is a rear-facing car seat. It comes with a base that stays in the car. It clicks in and out of the base quickly and easily, and can also be used with compatible strollers. It is designed for infants from 4 to 30 pounds in weight, and up to 30 inches tall.
This seat is engineered with innovative features that make it easy to install quickly and simply. The KeyFit 30 comes in a variety of colors and fabrics, so you can select the one that best suits your needs and personal preferences.
This seat is the number one rated infant car seat in America. It has been tested in the most grueling crash-test inspections, and not only passes but exceeds all minimum safety standards. In this seat, you can be sure that your baby will be completely protected in the event of an accident.
While safety is crucial, you obviously won’t want to have to fiddle and struggle to strap your baby in securely. This seat has a five-point harness, which can be tightened with one quick pull, keeping your baby secure and well-restrained at all times.
When your baby is a little bigger and gets stronger, he may try to get his arms free. This seat comes with a chest clip on the straps so that your baby cannot wriggle his arms out of the restraints.
A baby needs to be protected on all sides in his car seat. The KeyFit 30 is lined with EPS energy-absorbing foam for the best impact protection on all sides.
An infant car seat should be fitted in such a way that it does not move at all on the back seat of the car. The base of the KeyFit 30 is equipped with premium LATCH connectors and a unique SuperCinch tightening system, giving it a totally secure fit so that it will not budge.
This seat will be totally comfortable for your baby, even as a newborn. It includes a removable head and body support to accommodate newborns as tiny as 4 pounds.
The seat is fully padded with foam, making it soft and comfortable to sit in, even for those long drives.
The seat can be positioned to recline at the most comfortable level for your baby. It has a special spring-loaded leveling foot and two bubble level-indicators, which help to achieve the correct angle for optimum comfort.
The seat cover is made of a washable fabric, which can be removed and washed in your washing machine on a cold water cycle. This makes it simple to keep clean and hygienic.
The seat is covered in a light, breathable fabric, helping your baby to stay cool while in the car.
The shoulder straps have removable padding that ensures that the straps do not dig in and hurt your little one.
The seat comes with an adjustable, removable canopy to provide shade from the sun.
One of the most difficult things about many car seats is that they can be so complicated to install. Sometimes there are so many straps, belts, and clips that you have not got a clue what goes where, and the instruction manual is no help.
Installation of the KeyFit 30 is designed with absolute simplicity in mind. The base can be installed using the connectors supplied, or installation can be done using the vehicle seat belt, with clear belt-routing and integrated lock-offs, making it easy to position, tighten and lock the belt into place.
Because it has a separate base, it is highly suitable for two-car families. It is possible to purchase a separate base for the second car, enabling you to switch the seat from one car to the other in seconds.
This seat can only be installed in the rear-facing position. While rear-facing has been proved to be the safest position for a baby in a car, it is also limiting in terms of age and size. While every baby is different, an average guide is up to about 18 months. This means that at some stage, you will have to get another car seat.
- Stroller Compatibility
The KeyFit 30 car seat is designed to click in and out of a Chicco stroller in seconds. This makes getting around with your baby so easy and can be done with no fuss.
There are numerous strollers in the Chicco range that are compatible with this car seat.
The seat has a convenient carry handle, making it easy to transfer from car to stroller.
- Maximum weight recommendation
The KeyFit 30 car seat is recommended for babies up to 30 pounds in weight, unlike the Fit2, which can accommodate babies up to 35 pounds.
- Airplane use
The KeyFit 30 is approved by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for use in airplanes. This will ensure your baby’s comfort and safety when he accompanies you on your travels.
The KeyFit 30 is an attractive car seat that comes in a wide range of colors and patterns. It will be a stylish addition to your car.
- Weight of seat
The seat itself weighs 17.15 pounds. While it is not the lightest car seat on the market, it is light enough to carry when you need to move it around.
- Your baby will definitely be comfortable and will feel secure in this car seat.
- Installation of the base is simple, and it is easy to tighten it securely.
- The five-point safety harness can be tightened by a single pull on the belt at the bottom, with only one hand.
- The buckle is quick and easy to fasten and unfasten.
- The chest clip adds extra safety.
- Washable fabric makes it easy to keep clean.
- The KeyFit 30 can only be used for babies up to 30 pounds in weight.
- This seat can only be used in the rear-facing position, limiting its period of use.
The Chicco Fit2 seat is the first rear-facing car seat to be designed with two unique positions, to accommodate infants and toddlers, making it possible to stay rear-facing until up to 2 years old.
Like the KeyFit 30, the Fit2 is also designed to be used together with Chicco strollers. The seat has a convenient mechanism underneath, allowing you to click it in and out of the base or the stroller quickly and easily.
Keeping your child rear-facing for as long as possible is known to offer the best protection in the event of an accident. The beauty of the Fit2 car seat is that the base is adjustable and has two different positions.
In the first stage position, the seat works exactly like any other rear-facing seat. However, it offers more reclined seating. Like the KeyFit 30, it comes with a removable head and body support to accommodate newborns and smaller infants.
In the second stage position, the seat is designed to accommodate and protect older and bigger babies, well into the toddler stage, while still keeping them rear-facing. It offers a more mature seating position for babies from 9 months up to 2 years old.
Without taking up any extra space in the car, the seat gives older babies more leg-room and more space to recline, while still keeping them absolutely safe.
This seat has a 7-position headrest and a padded no-rethread harness, which provide the full ability for adjustments as your baby grows throughout both stages.
The shell is lined with EPS impact-absorbing foam, which will protect your baby from the force of the impact if the car is involved in a collision.
Crash test results show that the Fit2 scores above average on most of its safety features.
This seat has an anti-rebound bar, which adds extra protection to your precious child’s little body during an accident.
Like the KeyFit 30, the Fit2 also has a five-point harness with a belt that is easily tightened in one simple movement. This makes it easy to ensure that your baby is safely restrained every time you strap him in.
The chest clip on this seat is particularly strong, ensuring that even as your baby gets older and his coordination gets better, he will not be able to pull any Houdini-like stunts and get out of his restraints.
The LATCH connectors and the SuperCinch tightening system on the base ensure that it will not move around at all, keeping your little one securely in place in his seat in the back of the car.
The Fit2 will keep your little one completely comfortable at all times, from his very first ride as a newborn. Like the KeyFit 30, it includes a removable head and body support to accommodate newborns as tiny as 4 pounds.
The foam-padded seat is very soft and super-comfortable, and you will be able to drive without your baby becoming fretful and restless.
The design and padding of the headrest make this seat particularly comfortable for taking naps in the car. Your baby’s head will be well-supported and won’t roll about.
The seat has multiple reclining positions, so you are able to select the level that is most comfortable for your little one. Like the KeyFit 30, it also has the spring-loaded leveling foot and two bubble level-indicators to help you adjust the seat to the correct level for the most comfortable position.
Like all Chicco car seats, the Fit2 is made in Italy, with the unique flair of Italian design and the superior quality of Italian materials.
The removable seat pad is lined with dual-density foam cushioning for extra comfort and is fully machine-washable.
The canopy provides shade from the heat of the sun and is also removable and washable.
Your baby will stay cool with the breathable fabric which will prevent him from getting hot and sweaty while in his seat.
The padded shoulder straps provide extra comfort, ensuring that your baby is not left with angry red marks where his seat straps have been digging into him.
Like the KeyFit 30, this car seat is designed for rear-facing installation. However, unlike the KeyFit 30, the Fit2 has two different positions for the base, allowing for use until your child is a lot older, but still rear-facing.
No matter how many safety features it may have, a car seat is only safe when it is properly installed, strictly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Studies have shown that when infants who have been involved in an accident have been seriously injured or even killed, despite being in a car seat, it is usually because the seat was not correctly installed.
Therefore it is crucial that a seat should be simple to install. The more complicated the installation, the more room there is for error.
The Fit2 is extremely easy and straightforward to install, using the LATCH system. The push-button anchors and central pull-strap will ensure that the seat is secure and your baby is safe.
The Fit2 seat can also be installed using the car’s seat belt. It has a color-coded belt path to guide you along for correct installation. The seat can be installed using either the shoulder belt or a lap belt in the back seat of the car. Lap-belt installation is easier, but the shoulder-belt is more secure. However, the best and safest method of installation is with the LATCH system.
- Stroller compatibility
The Fit2 car seat, like the KeyFit 30, is designed to click in and out of a Chicco stroller in seconds. However, not all Chicco strollers are compatible. You need to check that the stroller that you select can be paired with this car seat.
The seat has a convenient carry handle, making it easy to transfer from car to stroller. It has levers on both sides, allowing for easier adjustment.
- Maximum weight recommendation
A big advantage that the Fit2 car seat has over the KeyFit 30 is that it can accommodate a bigger child, with a weight limit of 35 pounds. It also gives an extra 3 inches in the height of the back and head-rests, making it safe to use well into the toddler stage.
- Airplane use
The Fit2 seat is FAA approved for use on an airplane, without the base. When used with the base, it would be too high for safe use on an airplane.
While the most important aspect of your child’s car seat is obviously safety, no-one can blame you for wanting a seat that will blend in well with your car and that looks attractive.
The Fit2 car seat is available in a wide range of colors and patterns, so you are sure to find one that matches the interior of your car and will look good.
- Weight of seat
At 20.5 pounds, the Fit2 is quite a lot heavier than the KeyFit 30.
- Two-stage base, for rear-facing use up to the toddler stage.
- Exceptionally safe seat.
- Simple and straightforward installation, either using the LATCH fasteners or the car’s seat belt.
- Easy, single-handed tightening of the safety harness with one pull.
- The chest clip is tight and cannot be opened by a toddler.
- Washable fabric makes it easy to keep clean.
- The Fit2 is quite a lot heavier than the KeyFit 30.
- The price tag is fairly high.
WINNER: The Fit2
We have taken an in-depth look at both of these car seats, The Chicco KeyFit 30 and the Chicco Fit2. They have many things in common. They are both Italian made and carry the label of a brand that has come to be known as a premium brand in baby goods, both in terms of quality and style.
While both seats are equally safe, we prefer the Fit2, because it will last you a lot longer than the KeyFit 30. Even though the Fit2 is substantially more expensive, we think that it offers more value for money.
Although both seats are rear-facing, the base of the Fit2 is adjustable and offers two positions. In the Stage 1 position, your baby will be able to use the seat until the same age as a baby in the KeyFit 30. But the Stage 2 position of the Fit2, which the KeyFit 30 does not have, will enable you to keep your baby in a rear-facing seat until he is a lot bigger.
Some Points To Consider When Buying An Infant Car Seat
- Statistics prove that a child who is restrained in a safe car seat that has been correctly installed stands a much better chance of survival and escaping serious injury if the car is involved in an accident.
- We all know that equipping yourself for a baby is not a cheap exercise. Babies seem to need an enormous amount of stuff, and some of them can be very costly. Just like cars, car seats, too, come in a wide range of prices.
You get the basic, simple seats that will keep your baby safe, but may not have all the extras; and you get those that come with a higher price tag, but have much more to offer in terms of comfort, luxury, extra safety features, and more. How much you spend on a car seat depends entirely on your budget.
- An important concern is an installation. We cannot all be Super-moms or Super-Dads, who can do everything quickly and easily. For those of us with less-than-nimble fingers, it is important to get a seat that is simple to install.
- You may want to think about whether the seat you choose comes with a built-in base or a separate base. If it has a built-in base, you have to install it in one car, and it can then be quite a mission to move it from car to car.
Whichever seat you choose for your baby, you can rest assured that by putting him in a seat that has been carefully installed, you are protecting him to the best of your ability.